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RCRC Launches Sixth Annual Rural County Photo Contest

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SACRAMENTO — The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is holding its Sixth Annual Rural County Photo Contest from July 1 through July 31, 2022. The contest invites individuals to submit their photographs capturing life in rural California and showcasing the beautiful scenery, activities, communities, history, and charm of RCRC’s 39 member counties. Photo entries should be sent to photocontest@rcrcnet.org. ...

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County Clerk Rebecca Martinez Certifies Election Results

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Please see the attached election result summary. The results of the June 7 Statewide Direct Primary Election have been certified by Madera County Clerk Rebecca Martinez and are final. If you have any questions, please contact the Madera County Elections Division. Official Summary Certification June 2022 (PDF)

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Air District Board Approves Clean Air Rooms Pilot Program

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Valley Air District Governing Board unanimously voted last week to launch a pilot Clean Air Rooms program. The pilot program, which should open in a few weeks, will provide approximately 1,500 free residential air purifier units with one additional replacement filter to residents throughout Valley disadvantaged communities. The goal of the program is to help mitigate ...

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PG&E Turns on Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today that its Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings (EPSS) now protect approximately 3 million people, or more than 1 million customers, who live in high fire-risk areas within the company’s service area. The safety settings turn off power within one-tenth of a second when a fault, such as a tree limb ...

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Madera Wine Trail Wineries Honored With Award-Winning Wines

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MADERA — Each summer season the California wine world is abuzz with news from the prestigious Sunset International Wine Competition. More than 2,900 vintages vie for the annual accolades, and this year, two of Madera County’s most beloved wineries took home Double Gold! To earn a Double Gold medal, the judges must award a score higher than 95 points. This ...

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Local Primary Election Results

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MADERA COUNTY — Madera County had a very low voter turn out for the June 7th primary. With 71,961 registered voters in Madera County only 13,417 ballots were cast in yesterdays primary for a turnout of 18.64%. The eastern portion of Madera County that makes up District 5 has 18,697 registered voters. The most anticipated race was for District 5 Supervisor ...

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Updates to Oakhurst COVID-19 Testing Services

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is pleased to announce that the “Test to Treat<https://aspr.hhs.gov/TestToTreat/Pages/default.aspx>” program is now available at the OptumServe COVID-19 testing site at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644. Test to Treat facilities give individuals the opportunity to get tested for COVID-19, speak to a health care provider about ...

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Two Madera County Vote Centers Open Saturday

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Madera and Oakhurst Vote Centers Will Be Open For 11 Days In A Row  MADERA — Two Madera County Vote Centers will open Saturday morning offering voters the opportunity to vote in person, turn in vote by mail ballots or get assistance voting. Both the Madera Central Vote Center in the County Government Center and the Oakhurst Vote Center at ...

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$2,000 Reward: Information Wanted by the Madera Area CHP

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MADERA — On May 10, 2022, at 11:35 a.m., there was a hit and run traffic crash resulting in one fatality on Avenue 9, just west of State Route 99 in Madera County. The California Highway Patrol Madera Area is seeking public assistance with the ongoing investigation into the identity of the driver of the 2005 – 2010 Volkswagen Jetta ...

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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits in Multiple Counties

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MARIPOSA — California has already experienced an unusually early start to fire season amidst an ongoing drought and historically low rainfall and reservoir levels. While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape, the fire season in California and across the west is starting earlier and ending later each year. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring ...

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